The Hindu | Yayati
‘A good play never needs updating’
Arundhati Raja is directing Girish Karnad’s iconic play, Yayati. Talking about the challenges of directing the play which took the theatre world by storm since it was published in 1961, Arundhati says, “It is a challenging and exciting play to direct. Set in a mythical time, in a story known so well by so many, it is difficult to make sure the dialogue stays true to the era yet does not sound overly dramatic to today's audience.”
Jagriti is a Performance Arts space dedicated to Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. Founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, the space has hosted several productions from India and around the world. A 200-seat theatre, built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances, with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings, and an attached restaurant- 'The Fat Chef'. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.
The Rooftop - above the main auditorium is an open-to-sky space with a staging area that can accommodate about 50 people. A raised and walled off platform can work as a perfect area for puppet theatre. The Rooftop has a restroom and a pantry.
The Terrace - alongside the auditorium, the Terrace can accommodate about 20 people as an informal gathering area.
Lumbini - extending out from the foyer, Lumbini has a stage and an open-to-sky terraced space for about 80 people.